Illinois Pediatricians Group Supports CHIP Funding

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The House of Representatives is considering a short-term solution to address Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding issues.

Jenny Pinkwater is executive director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. CHIP helps ensure children have health insurance when their parents may earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to buy insurance, according to The New York Times. "So it's really a bridge between Medicaid and private insurance", she said.

Congress recently missed a September deadline to reauthorize the program, leaving the necessary funding to continue providing services to children in jeopardy.

If Congress doesn't re-authorize CHIP, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services says Illinois' funding could run out within a year, and IL would either have to fund the program on its own or end the health coverage for children. Then the state would either have to fund the program on its own or end the health coverage for children.

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